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Expect The Unexpected | Wedding Planner Meets Phoenix Wedding Photographer

Give a girl a walkie talkie, attached to an ear piece with a bunch of wire looped throughher shirt to her pants buckle, and suddenly she’s become an FBI agent. “Groom is on the move. I repeat, groom is ON the move.” One hand raised tomy ear trying to hear over the chatter of the guests.

Working a wedding as a Phoenix wedding photographer is one thing, but to work a wedding behind the scenes as an assistant to the wedding planner, Apropos Creations, is a whole otherball game. A whole different world opened up and I got to experience it all first-hand (and even carry my camera for those in-between seconds where I still get to be a photographer).

I had thought having a wedding planner was important. And, don’t get me wrong because it really is important, however, my perspective has changed considerably after this experience. Especiallyfor a guest list of two hundred seventy five in attendance. A wedding planner is crucial to having your wedding day run as bump free as possible.

You’re probably wondering what made me assist a wedding planner in the first place?I’ve never photographed an Indian wedding before and my curiosity had peaked to thepoint that I’d do just about anything to get a peek behind the scenes and learn about thecultural ceremonies. And that’s just what I did.

wedding at different point of view

Because Indian culture is so vibrant, glamorously adorned, and highly decorated,I didn’t want to be the photographerwhose senses were over stimulated by all the mystique that surrounds an Indian wedding. Photographing every single detail ofthe brides lehenga choli and her adornment. And shoes, and seats, and henna, and the celebration dances with beautiful saris. Maybe you get the idea. So . . . I absorbed it. I thought I might have the “Ooo Shiny Syndrome” just like a dog who sees a rabbit, butcome to find out, I didn’t get caught up with the gorgeous colors, patterns, beads, and henna. Whatmost interested me was the emotional connections between the family. My heart strings were being pulled. Not an unfamiliar feeling I get when I photograph a wedding.Even from the side lines, I get teary eyed.

Meeting up in New York while Bhavika was doing an internship for radiology, Runjan swept her offher feet and they couldn’t be any more adorable together.

Their wedding day started with lunch for the grooms side, on the patio at Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort in Phoenix.

My mission: Make sure lunch is served on time, tables are prepped, food is piping hot, and after eating, everybody makes their way up to the Baraat celebration.

Meanwhile, up at the Different Point Of View, Jo Ann is prepping the ceremony area and surveyingthe vendors for a timely ceremony. Once mission number one was accomplished, I made my way up to the ceremony spot. Bhavika was quietly waiting with her bridesmaids while the Baraat was underway. Because I couldn’t sit by the wayside and watch while the events took place, I grabbed my camera and planted the lens in front of my face, up against the window, watching patiently as the groom made his way to the entrance on a stunning white horse. I had a unique perspective from where I was and had the advantage of watching the entire celebration from the second story window.

Indian wedding at Tapatio Cliffs Resort

As the photographers were doing their thing in the midst of the party below, I saw something that moved me. I peered around the corner to see the bride sitting quietly with closed eyes, taking a moment to just breathe. And, in that moment, she was the most beautiful sight to lay eyes upon. As a photographer, you know when not to disturb someone’s private moment and remain respectful of their privacy. As much as the urge struck me to capture that moment, I refrained from clicking the button, insistent on remembering this moment I shared with Bhavika. Taking a few seconds myself to breathe.

wedding planner Apropos Creations

Beautiful backdrop to the ceremony atop Different Point Of View. The weather couldn’t have been more perfect. Emotions running high, guests sneaking photo opps, the bride and grooms parents watching every detail unfold while they sit beside their children. Every detail had not gone unnoticed.

indian wedding ceremony

 

Now, I’ve learned to expect the unexpected as a wedding photographer. Nothing ever runs along as you might think it would. Candle wicks run low, the Pandit takes longer than expected, delaying the time frame between the ceremony and cocktail hour, uncle briefly goes missing, etc. That’s life. And that’s when a wedding planner comes in hand to get things back on track.

Shortly concluding the ceremony, Runjan and Bhavika’s guests got a little more than excited and grabbed the flower arrangements that were hanging on shepherd’s hooks lining the isle. As you can imagine, red and white carnation petals are parading over the bride and groom as they face the crowd of happy onlookers.

We weren’t quite sure why the guests thought the flower balls were meant to be tossed about since we were about to use them for the reception halls centerpieces. Panic sets in. Luckily the wedding planners hired for the day had all of the vendor contacts at hand! Quick thinking on our part, we immediately called the florist back to repair what we could salvage on sight and add fresh carnations in the missing styrofoam ball holes. Catastrophe blip eradicated.

The remainder of the night went off without a hitch. The guests were happy, dancing ensued, and Runjan and Bhavika live happily ever after.

And that’s why a wedding planner is important to have around. To be ready to expect the unexpected so you don’t have to.

Curtis Whipple - March 27, 2012 - 6:57 am

Good stuff. I’ve been at it for so many years, it really takes a special planner or it takes an out-of-the-ordinary florist or decorator to make anything stand out for me. I’ve seen it all. That’s why I love a cultural celebration where I learn a new tradition see things done differently.

Sangeeta Jain - March 27, 2012 - 10:31 am

This is Runjan’s Mother and wedding was very well planned. Angelina you did a very good job for the wedding pictures and thanks for capturing every moment Because this this life time memories

Thanks
Sangeeta

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Sedona Photography | Sedona Bridal Sessions

Now’s the perfect time to photograph bridal sessions in Sedona! We are gearing up for the wedding season! Preparing for another, gorgeous Sedona bridal session, I came across a collection of images from a stylized bridal shoot I had photographed last winter.

I love reviewing past bridal photo sessions. Seeing where I’ve been and finding new spots for Sedona photographs and the surrounding areas. Some of my favorite spots in Sedona include the infamous Talaquepaque, Red Rock State Park, and some of the more “private” hot spots I’ve discovered on my hiking expeditions that I love sharing with those brides who are up for the challenge.

If you’re a recent bride, past bride, or simply wasn’t quite thrilled with your Sedona wedding photographs and would like some really sweet and artistic wedding photographs of yourself + your husband all dressed up again, we’re setting up a few dates for Sedona Bridal Sessions. And we promise not to trash your dress!!

Sedona Photography sessions start at 300 and include one to two hours of shoot time, two 11×14 images, and a 5×5 book of images from your shoot. A make up/hair artist will be available for an extra fifty dollars. I’ve got some awesome people on board to help you out before the shoot! Give us a shout at 480.319.3367 or Email us at angela at angelinarosephotography.com

Sedona photography bridal session

bridal photography session with bride and groom

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Desert Botanical Luminarias


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On one of the coldest evenings in the desert, I watched my breathe as it dissipated into the dark sky. My mom and I made our way to the ticket counter. While the lady at the counter looked up our will-call tickets, mom and I huddled together trying to keep warm. Armed with scarves, gloves, and luckily, our semi-winter jackets from years of living in Massachusetts. You’d think we’d be use to the cold weather but three years of being in Arizona had apparently thinned our blood.

Mom and I made a pact that this year we’d make the trip to see the Desert Botanical Luminarias. Of course I couldn’t go without my camera. I mean… how silly would THAT be!?

Let me offer you a bit of perspective on my silliness here. In 2007, my friends and family had coined a nickname for me: The Photographer Who Doesn’t Take Pictures. At every family function, my mom would be the one taking the pictures as I sat enjoying the festivities. And it’s not that I couldn’t enjoy them while taking pictures, I just preferred to immense myself deep into the sensation of being surrounded by family and relied on my memories to preserve it all. Alas, my memory failed to serve me. I can only recollect so much without sitting down to meditate on it.

So, I’ve since redeemed myself. I truly believe in the power of a photograph and embrace it. To the core.

~ Wishing you and your family a Wonderful New Year!

 

 

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